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Abusive Authority; Power & Police: An American Tale

Aurora Barnes | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Aurora Barnes

While I was always opposed to New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, and in general, to the NYPD's racist regime, I had never been so directly affected by it.

The Business of Music: Understanding 4 Distinct Revenue Streams for Songwriters

Amy Oraefo | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business
Amy Oraefo

Being exposed to revenue streams will better equip a songwriter or producer of their rights within the music industry. Once the content creator possesses adequate knowledge of their rights, they can move forward with capitalizing on their talents.

Soul Singer Takes to Flight

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

I'm in a cramped apartment in South Minneapolis auditioning some songs I've written for a rhythm and blues singer named Doug Maynard. Doug chooses ...

Impress Music Snobs by Discovering Indie Artist Allman Brown First

JustLuxe | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment
JustLuxe

By Nicolle Monico If you were listening close enough last season during an especially emotional moment on NBC's "Parenthood," you may have heard Al...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Generation Gasps

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

These days, I catch myself pretending to know what my young colleagues are talking about when they refer to some hot new topliner (that's new school speak for lyricist) with a perplexingly random moniker such as Catnip or Carpeting.

Hozier Gets His Due

Chuck Nyren | Posted 08.11.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Last week I put up one of my silly tongue-in-cheek HuffPost offerings: I Am the Coolest, Hippest Uncle in the Whole World. It's gone ever-so-slightly viral thanks to Hozier retweeting my tweet -- and tossing up one of his own.

Keith Richards, Firestones and the Persevering Artist (How Sensitive Creators Can Best Bring Their Work Into the World)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.08.2014 | Arts
Peter Himmelman

But to be successful at making art, you need an extra measure of sensitivity. Beyond the technical skills, like the ability to play the piano or draw, the artist's superpower is the capacity to feel acutely.

How A 90-Year-Old, A Composer, And A Struggling Music Student Are Changing Education Forever

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

Critical thinking has been the buzzword in education for a while, but it's not critical or creative thinking. It's critical AND creative thinking.

India Arie Remembers Maya Angelou And Talks About The Pitfalls of Stardom

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Ferrari Sheppard

Singer India Arie speaks about her relationship with Dr. Angelou, as well as her own journey, from anonymity to stardom, and how those elements intersect.

Singer-Songwriter Eli Lieb On Being An Openly Gay Star In Today's Music World

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since Eli Lieb earned a permanent spot on our playlists with his 2013 power-pop single, “Young Lov...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Hashtag Hiatus

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I ran into Wendy Wilson (of Wilson Phillips) at M.Fredric clothing store on Ventura Boulevard last week. I was killing some time before my mani-pedi. My daughter had just dropped me off. That was a first.

Holocaust Survivors, Gaza, and My Uncle the Instigator

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Himmelman

If you can say that Israel has the right to exist, than you must, in the same breath say that it has the right to defend itself from a fanatical religious cult that is hell-bent on its destruction.

7 Ways To Engage In Creativity At The Office

Tom Sturges | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Sturges

How do you turn a potential pit of snakes and problems into one of your bright shining moments? It's easier than you think, and if you can simply allow yourself the chance to be creative, the best of you and the best of your ideas will emerge.

Shelly Gets Her Groove Back

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Yesterday my 16 year old daughter and I had plans to get together with our mother/daughter friends in Westlake, a 45 minute drive from our house.

Mélissa Laveaux at The Global Beat Festival - Serving Smiles and Warmth

Craig Carpenter | Posted 08.31.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

The rain in the beginning of New York's summer season occurs often and prodigiously. It doesn't however, impede the progress or plans of the average Gotham pedestrian.

The Pitfalls of Self-Expression

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Peter Himmelman

In our neighborhood there are two orders of humanity. People who may look essentially the same, who may wear the same clothes and go to the same schools, but in fact, inhabit totally different universes.

Driving Under The Influence Of Sleep Deprivation

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne Dagonese

After driving hypnotically for two hours "under the influence" of sleep deprivation, feeling like I was in another dimension of time and space, I found myself heading towards the border of Mexico imagining I was a stunt driver in an action movie.

Songwriter's Pie Anyone?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I can't believe I'm actually going to say this. I many never work in this town again. But here goes. Financially, it's less and less possible for a songwriter to make a decent living. I know of a few who have contributed to hit songs that are still having trouble paying their rent.

Self-Discipline Is Way Overrated (Or: How I Stumbled Into Becoming a Rock Musician)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Not long after that Passover, my father offered my cousin $150 for the guitar and a small amp. The tools of great change had come, and my future now lay before me. And all of this came with no self-discipline whatsoever.

The Case Against Collaboration: A Solo Artists Manifesto

Brett Gleason | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Brett Gleason

Making an album by your self inherently takes longer but what is lost in tedium is saved in translation.

Big Music from Small Places: Maya Kamaty at AME (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

My previous post on Cape Verdean Singer Neuza, resulted in a trip to the AME, The Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. As impressive as the local tal...

What Are You Worth? Artists and Self-Respect

Darden Smith | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Darden Smith

Making a living as an artist is difficult under the best of circumstances. Opportunities fall through. Good rides end. We do whatever's necessary to k...

A Simple Experiment in Empathy

Peter Himmelman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

After the phone call I feel like a tiny tear in the fabric of my own humanity has been restored. All through this simple experiment in empathy.

Tucking My Sister Into Bed

Peter Himmelman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Peter Himmelman

I climb to the top of the dirt pile, kick the blade of the shovel and drop the dry soil over the top of the casket. I feel as though I am covering my sister with a warm blanket, tucking her into bed one last time, as though this final act might atone for all the times I failed her.

WATCH: 'Slacker Rock' Songstress Courtney Barnett Takes The HuffPost Live Stage

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.16.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Courtney Barnett's most recent double EP embodies the spirit of the laid-back "slacker rock" genre, but she's working over...